Rosa Special Anniversary ('Whastiluc') (PBR)
rose Special Anniversary (hybrid tea)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: rich rose pink
- Other features: excellent cut flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The perfect gift to mark a happy celebration, this hybrid tea rose has heavily scented, rich pink flowers throughout summer above the lustrous, dark green foliage. Its compact form makes it perfect for a large pot, or plant it out in the garden, where it will look sensational beside other pinks and purples.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
While wearing tough gloves, prune in late winter or early spring, removing any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. The younger stems tend to produce the best flowers on hybrid teas, so if the plant is becoming congested, cut one or two of the older stems right back to their base, which will also help open up the centre of the plant. Then cut back the most vigorous stems to within 10-15cm from the base, leaving four to six buds on each stem. Finally, cut the thinner stems back to within 5-10cm from the base, leaving approximately two to four buds per stem.
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Q:Disease resistant roses for a coastal area
Hi, Before I order some roses I need some information on which ones would grow well in our local conditions. I live in the far west of Cornwall, the soil is fairly acid,- Camellias grow well here. It's windy and the air is quite salt laden since we're not far from the sea. I'd like disease resistant plants if possilbe since the climbing roses by the cottage door do get black spot. At the moment, even here, where we hardly ever have a frost, there is 4 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature has been 0 to minus 1 for the past five days.... the postman hasn't reached us for four days! ...So, I won't be ordering the roses right now. Thanks, TrudiAsked on 1/9/2010 by Trudi Gurling
A:Hello Trudi, All roses need similar growing conditions, although a couple are slightly more tolerant of shade than others. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our roses that show some resistance to diseases. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.243/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/11/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Scented Rose for a present
Dear Crocus I was wondering if you could let me know of a lovely scented rose, as I would like to buy one as a Christmas present for a friend? Many thanksAsked on 12/15/2009 by Dennis Hammond
A:Hello There, If you click on the following link it will take you to all the roses we sell that have a strong perfume. It is worth keeping in mind though that they do look like bare sticks at this time of the year. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.250/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/15/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hi I was hoping you could help me. I'm looking for fragrant roses that bloom more then once a year can you advice With thanks LouiseAsked on 7/11/2009 by LOUISE CHAPMAN
A:Hello Louise, I am not sure if you are after shrub or climbing roses, but if you click on the following link it will take you to a few of the strongest scented, repeat flowering roses. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.203/vid.250/Answered on 7/13/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Pearl Anniversary rose?
Hi there It's my parents Pearl Anniversary in January and I would
like to get them a Pearl Anniversary rose plant. I see from your website
that they are in a bare root state from November to February - but
could you tell me how long I should allow for delivery when ordering?
Also, when it arrives, do I need to plant it straightaway or would I be
able to keep it in storage of some kind until the day (I live in London
and have no garden!) Thank you, AnnaAsked on 10/21/2005 by Anna Charlton
A:Good afternoon Anna Thank you for your enquiry. I have checked with our buyer and this rose currently has an availability for delivery of 2 weeks, but will change throughout the next month or so depending on the orders that are placed on our website, so unfortunately we are unable to advise if this will this be the case in January as we may well sell out. To avoid disappointment they have suggested to place your order as soon as possible and would recommend that the order is placed before Christmas. They have advised that as this is a bare root plant that it would need to be planted immediately. I trust this information is of help and if we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us again. Regards SarahAnswered on 10/21/2005 by Crocus
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